CSIA History

The Corporate Secretaries International Association Limited (CSIA) was established in Geneva in 2010 as an association constituted according to article 60 et seq, of the Swiss Civil Code and entered into the commercial register in Switzerland. CSIA was officially launched at the World Bank Headquarters in Paris on 23 March 2010 under the auspices of the IFC and OECD.

During the early days of establishing CSIA, consideration was given to the importance of being located close to major and relevant global organisations such as the OECD, World Trade Organisation, IFC and other major institutions with a remit which included good governance practices, being centrally located between the “East” and the “West” and providing a stable, well accepted and predictable place of incorporation.

As the organisation evolved and grew as an inclusive global organisation, CSIA recognized that the location of the organization should be able to facilitate the operations of a multinational membership in a legal and regulatory framework that is less complex and can alleviate language barriers while still allowing CSIA to comply with all relevant corporate and other laws in its home jurisdiction with its available resources.

Following much deliberation by the CSIA Council, the decision was taken to liquidate the Geneva Company and on 10 February 2017, The Corporate Secretaries International Association Limited was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee in Hong Kong.